Pool Maintenance - 3 Things You Should Do at Least Once a Year

by Pool Builders on 01-07-2011 in Articles

To enjoy uninterrupted and hassle free service from your beloved swimming pool, you have to perform routine pool maintenance. Timely and regular maintenance ensures clean hygienic waters and safety for you and your family. Removing debris, leaves and sundry floating matters, including bugs and insects is a constant maintenance procedure. If such routine tasks are not carried out, you will soon find yourself swimming amidst a mass of debris and garbage, especially so if the pool is located outdoors.

Besides regular pool maintenance on weekly or fortnightly basis, some maintenance schedules must be carried out at least once a year to keep your swimming pool sparkling. At least follow the below mentioned maintenance steps each year in no particular order to ensure trouble free swimming experience:

Clean filters

The filters in any swimming pool bear the brunt of all the dirt, debris, and impurities. These workhorses also need to be taken care of if you want optimum performance out of your pumps. The discharge level of filtration pumps slowly starts dropping, processing lesser water with little efficiency, if the filters are clogged. Ideally you should take a hard look at your filters and pumps at least every few months, but if you are short on time or plain lazy, you must carry out filtration cleaning exercise at least once a year.

Filtration systems like sand filters, which trap all impurities and debris, are easily cleaned by back washing the filter with a hose pipe spraying clean water in the opposite direction to wash out all the clogged stuff. Fabric or other types of mesh filtration system are to be dismantled and cleaned thoroughly to get rid of all that is blocking the fines mesh and easy flow of water. This is one of the basic steps for pool maintenance.

Brushing & scrubbing the pool

You are not done with pool maintenance with just changing the water or cleaning the filtration every now and then. You must clean the pool thoroughly to prevent algae to develop or ugly yellow and brown stains to ruin the look of your pool. These stains and other slimes that collect at the bottom of your pool or on the walls soon start developing into algae and the clear blue look of the bottom turns cloudy and ugly if left unattended.

Completely empty your pool of all water. Use scrubbers and large brushes with vacuum suckers to work on the floor and sides of the pool. Vigorously brush and scrap the concrete and tiles of the pool with the brushes to rid of the powdery substance that collects at the bottom and remove the same with the vacuum, until all is gone. Use disinfectant and cleaning agents to scrub hard to remove ugly brown and yellow stains, until the entire pool starts to sparkle once again. Let the pool dry out completely under the sun, so that any bacteria or germs are killed under the strong sun.

Maintain water quality:

The right Ph level and acidity of the pool water is very essential for any pool to be considered safe for swimming. To ensure this, a test kit is a must and test of the water for the right chemistry must be carried out to determine the chlorinating doses. Any pool owner cannot ignore this test and chlorination.

Taking the above maintenance steps at least once a year, will keep you pool maintenance on track and prevent any health hazards.

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